Harry Schiffman & Oregon Inlet

Most people don’t know who Harry Schiffman is, but almost everyone who lives in or visits the Outer Banks has seen the results of his efforts. Harry has been instrumental in keeping Oregon Inlet open. There have been more task forces, working committees, and hearings on how to keep Oregon …

How Is Beach Nourishment Paid For?

With an initial price tag of $38.6 million, nourishing the beaches of northern Dare County is expensive. To pay for it, the county and towns have devised an intra-local agreement that offsets the cost to any one entity. Funding Formula Although beach nourishment projects can qualify for federal funds, there …

Beach Nourishment Environmental & Cost Concerns

As it has gained popularity as a means of stabilizing shorelines and protecting infrastructure, concerns have been raised about beach nourishment. Two areas in particular are often cited as possible disadvantages of a nourishment project: environmental damage, and ongoing cost and commitment. Environmental Concerns Although a beach may appear to …

Alternatives to Beach Nourishment

For thousands of years, humans have been trying to protect our shorelines from an encroaching sea – from the massive dikes of the Netherlands, to jetties, terminal groins and seawalls. The most recent addition to mitigating the power of the ocean, beach nourishment, has been shown to be an effective …

Outer Banks Beach Nourishment

For more information on 2017 beach nourishment areas and timelines, visit our Beach Nourishment Info Page. On a beautiful summer’s day on the Outer Banks it’s hard to imagine the forces at work that shape the coastal shoreline. Waves seem like gentle riffles, larger perhaps than a wave on a lake …